Basso and Brooke

London: Christopher Brooke and Bruno Basso have nearly cornered the market on print mixing, using the technique as the backbone of their label since its inception. What has changed, at least for Fall, is their silhouette. Cleaner lines and simple shapes, including slim trousers and boxy overcoats, allowed the intricate patchwork prints to speak for themselves. Wide-sleeve jackets in a range of blue tones seemed like origami due to dimensional combinations of geometric prints; zebra stripes with houndstooth, latticework next to trompe l’oeil denim. Simple worked for matched sets too, such as a jersey t-shirt and silk trouser ensemble which looked like a youthful jumpsuit despite clashing colors and off-kilter slices of pattern. Some of Basso and Brooke’s new proportions didn’t quite hit the mark, such as cropped palazzo pants and dowdy full-skirted dresses, but crafty intarsia knit crewnecks and sporty molded tops made up for these missteps. —Nina Stotler

Silhouette: Relaxed / Boxy / Slim / Full

Color: Tangerine / Tan / Pastel blue / Lavender / Poppy / Emerald / Cobalt / Gold / Lemon / Black / Navy

Key Items: Slim trousers / Patterned button-ups / Silk overcoats / Pencil skirts / Hourglass dresses / Relaxed silk trousers / Full-skirted dresses / Jersey t-shirts / Matched sets / Intarsia knit crewnecks / Long-sleeved sheath dresses / Tie-front blouses / Pleated knee-length skirts

Materials: Silk / Twill / Cotton / Rubber-backed jersey / Intarsia knits / Satin / Brocade

Print + Pattern: Geometrics / Checks / Ombré / Stripes / Houndstooth / Trompe l’oeil denim / Dots / Latticework / Ikat

Details + Trim: Ruffles / Gathering / Pleating

Accessories + Footwear: Leather gloves / Chunky leather sandals / Ankle boots / Patterned scarves / Ankle socks / Wedge sandals / Patterned satchels / Molded enamel necklaces


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